Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 21.06.2018

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Saturn has a ravioli moon, so why shouldn’t there be a dumpling asteroid?
Die japanische Sonde Hayabusa 2 rückt dem Asteroiden Ryugu auf die Pelle. Am 27. Juni soll sie dort ankommen und einen Besucher aus Deutschland absetzen: den Lander MASCOT. Das Gerät des DLR soll dem prung unseres Sonnensystems nachforschen.
Over the past 18 months, ESA and its Member States have gathered in a series of space exploration workshops culminating in a discussion in the ESA Council held in Paris on 13 June 2018. The Council discussed Europe’s ambition to play a leading role in the global exploration of space bas…
A huge dust storm began forming on Mars in May 2018 and had expanded to nearly encircle the planet by the middle of June. See images of the storm here.
NASA’s long-lived Opportunity Mars rover is weathering a monster dust storm that has plunged its environs into permanent darkness.
As an intense dust storm rages on Mars, many are wondering — how bad can a Martian storm really be?
Seit fast 15 Jahren rollt der Mars-Roboter Opportunity über den roten Planeten. Nun zwingt ihn aber ein Staubsturm auf dem Mars zu einer Pause.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 14.06.18

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NASA did find two more scraps of evidence about the kind of life that might exist on Mars. Here’s what the new research really shows.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover hasn’t found signs of alien life, but one of its wheeled brethren just might do so a few short years from now.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has identified a variety of organic molecules on the Red Planet’s surface and found that methane levels vary seasonally in its air. The discoveries aren’t proof of Mars life, but they’re consistent with the idea.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence on Mars with implications for NASA’s search for life.
  CURIOSITY Methan und organische Verbindungen entdeckt von Stefan Deiters astronews.com 8. Juni 2018
Darmstadt – Die Geheimnisse des Merkurs will die europäische Weltraumorganisation Esa mit ihrer bisher schwierigsten Mission lüften: Im Oktober schickt sie eine Raumsonde auf eine sieben Jahre lange Reise zum kleinsten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems.
The $1.1 billion Juno mission has been extended through at least July 2021, NASA officials announced yesterday (June 6). The agency will fund Juno into 2022, to cover the cost of data analysis and close-out activities.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woken up from hibernation to prepare for a historic New Year’s Day flyby.
You can now watch almost two decades of weather patterns on Earth thanks to an incredible tool from NASA.
One of the main activities in recent weeks for the BepiColombo team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou has been the installation of multi-layered insulation foils and sewing of high-temperature blankets on the Mercury Planetary Orbiter.The insulation is to protect the spacecraft from the ext…

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – published earlier on 05.06.2018

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DLR Live Übertragung auf YouTube (deutschsprachig)

Mission Horizons: Raketenstart mit Alexander Gerst aus Baikonur

Launch time table: please refer to special feature section below
Zeitabschnitte des Starts: bitte lesen Sie die Informationen dazu im Special Feature unten nach.

Launch Parties: Link Übersicht Planetarien …

NASA’s Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.
Fifteen years ago, ESA’s Mars Express was launched to investigate the Red Planet. To mark this milestone comes a striking view of Mars from horizon to horizon, showcasing one of the most intriguing parts of the martian surface.
The fascinating backstory behind the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan that will launch the Expedition 56/57 crew into space on June 6.
A new NASA 360-degree VR video shows exactly what it’s like to see a Russian Soyuz space capsule return to Earth from the International Space Station.

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 31.05.18

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To develop a long-term Mars colony, we need to think about the challenges of reproducing and raising kids on the Red Planet, scientists say.
Kepler has discovered thousands of exoplanets, and soon will run out of fuel. Now it’s begun its 18th observing campaign, with a focus on objects including the famous nearby Beehive star cluster and infamous asteroid Apophis.
Watch how a SpaceX rocket launch melted a NASA photographer’s camera in a this animated photo clip by photographer Bill Ingalls.
Wenn Alexander Gerst demnächst ins All fliegt, ist er in einem russischen „Sojus“-Raumschiff unterwegs. Die ersten Modelle flogen vor mehr als 50 Jahren. Ist das ein Problem?

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Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 24.05.18

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Engineers will now test delivering samples to instruments inside NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.
Rover engineers at JPL will try to restore percussive drilling on Mars this week, part of a larger series of tests that will last through summer.
The laws of physics have won again, it would appear: The propellantless EmDrive engine doesn’t actually generate any thrust, a new study suggests.
„The ‚thrust‘ is not coming from the EmDrive, but from some electromagnetic interaction,“ the team reports in a proceeding for a recent conference on space propulsion.
SpaceX launched two new Earth science satellites for NASA and five Iridium Next communications satellites into orbit today (May 22).
Vor einigen Monaten verglühten die zwei Satelliten der amerikanisch-deutschen „Grace“-Forschungsmission. Nun sind die Nachfolger erfolgreich gestartet. Sie sollen vor allem den Meeresspiegel im Blick behalten.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered by a reused first stage climbed into orbit Tuesday from California’s Central Coast, carrying five satellites to upgrade Iridium’s global messaging service and two research craft to study Earth’s water cycle.
Vandenberg,  22. Mai 2018 —   Das US-Unternehmen SpaceX hat am Dienstag im zweiten Anlauf gleich sieben Satelliten in ihre Umlaufbahn geschossen  Die schwere Falcon 9-Trägerrakete mit fünf Iridium-6 und zwei GRACE-FO an der Spitze stieg um 21.47 Uhr deutscher Zeit von der Luftwaffenbasis…
Die Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment-Follow-On (GRACE-FO) Mission ist am 22. Mai 2018, 21:47 Uhr gestartet. Der Missionsbetrieb wird vom German Space Operations Center (GSOC ) beim Deutschen Ze…

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